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Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Art Schlichter will spend 10 years in prison

Art Schlichter will spend 10 years in prison (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Since he was a star quarterback at Ohio State, Art Schlichter has had many problems. He’s been a gambling addict, he spent 1994-2006 in prison for fraud and forgery, and he destroyed his potential NFL career (the Baltimore Colts took him with the No. 4 overall pick in 1982) because he couldn’t control his impulses.

Now, he’s got even bigger problems, because he’s headed back to prison for his role in a Super Bowl ticket scam.

As the Columbus Dispatch writes, Schlichter has pleaded guilty to 12 counts of theft and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Schlichter will cop to swindling more than $1 million from a number of people by promising them he could make them a profit for selling big-game tickets. Turns out, he couldn’t, and the biggest victim might be Anita Barney, who was married to the late Robert Barney -- the former president of Wendy’s. Schlichter defrauded her of at least $680,000.

In March, Schlichter seemed contrite.

"I'm embarrassed that I have hurt anyone, and I would give anything to make it right," Schlichter said. "I want to make amends to the people that I have harmed in some way. I wanted to reach out and apologize to people before I came (to jail), but I was advised not to contact them. That was the hardest part for me."

Now, the hardest part will be spending the next decade in prison.

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Posted on: April 10, 2011 9:13 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Hot Routes 4.10.11: Um, I'll pass on Cam Newton



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Seems like everything is OK with Alabama WR Julio Jones’ foot after a re-check in Indianapolis. He still put on one of the most impressive performances at the NFL combine, considering he was performing on a fractured foot.
  • Apparently, Cam Newton is the type of player that teams hope other teams draft. Some squads don’t want Newton falling into their lap. Also within this report, Da’Quan Bowers had a productive meeting with the Bills, and Buffalo’s doctors cleared him.
  • Sounds like, just like many other teams, the Cowboys players are going to hold unsupervised offseason workouts assuming the lockout continues. However, there’s some sort of pact between the players that they’re not going to publicize the workouts. Oooh, mysterious!
  • A judge in Ohio has set former Ohio State QB Art Schlichter’s bond at $1 million.

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Posted on: March 6, 2011 11:42 pm
 

Schlichter: 'Embarrassed that I have hurt anyone'

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Columbus Dispatch scored a sitdown jailhouse interview with former Ohio State star quarterback Art Schlichter, who will face felony theft charges relating to Super Bowl tickets that allegedly were paid for by clients but never delivered by Schlichter.

In reality, it’s more of the same old, same old from Schlichter, an admitted gambling addict who always says (from his jail cell or when he's released) that he wants to learn from his transgressions and help those in need.

Apparently, this time around, he’s cost at least one person – a central Ohio widow – more than $1 million in his latest alleged scheme. Schlichter, as has been well-documented (especially in his own book) , is a gambling addict who has landed in jail more than 40 times since his Ohio State days.

"I'm embarrassed that I have hurt anyone, and I would give anything to make it right," Schlichter told the Dispatch . "I want to make amends to the people that I have harmed in some way. I wanted to reach out and apologize to people before I came (to jail), but I was advised not to contact them. That was the hardest part for me."

It’s not just the wealthy widow he allegedly duped. Schlichter apparently has more problems than simply that.

From the story:

He's likely to face many other charges stemming from local and federal investigations into a ticket-selling scheme that began at least 18 months ago.

Schlichter reportedly would tell people that he could make money by selling tickets to Ohio State football games and the Super Bowl. But in many cases, those who lent him money were never repaid, and others did not receive the tickets they were promised.

In a new development, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said authorities have identified 20 victims. Nine of them have filed police reports, O'Brien said. The others have not because they have said they see no hope of recovering the money that was lost.


Although Schlichter admitted he has an addiction, he didn’t use the word “gambling” in his interview. Which should be strange. But with Schlichter, it’s not unusual at all.

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Posted on: February 14, 2011 9:56 pm
 

Schlichter charged with felony in SB tix dispute

Schlichter (US Presswire) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

During Super Bowl week, we told you about former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter and how he was the target of a federal and local investigation in which he was alleged to have sold Super Bowl tickets for hundreds of thousands of dollars but then couldn’t deliver the goods.

Schlichter has had a well-documented past of arrests and jail time due to fraud, forgery and writing bad checks. In fact, he’s been to jail or prison more than 40 times since his Ohio State playing days, due mostly to his gambling addiction.

This morning, he was charged with a first-degree felony in connection with the theft of more than $1 million of a central Ohio widow. This, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the sports-ticket scam has affected an unknown number of people, and the investigation is focused on tickets that allegedly were sold for Ohio State football games and last Sunday’s Super Bowl. The maximum penalty of the felony charge is 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

More from the Dispatch :

O'Brien said today's charge is related to thefts from Anita Barney, 68, the widow of former Wendy's Chairman Robert Barney. She told The Dispatch last week that she has lost nearly all her money, is estranged from most of her family and friends, and finds herself in the middle of a local and federal investigation of Schlichter.

In an exclusive interview with The Dispatch, Barney said that Schlichter swindled her and dozens of her friends and associates out of millions. She said that Schlichter, who was released from prison in 2006 after serving about 12 years for fraud and forgery convictions, used and intimidated her after she attempted to help him with a loan of $100,000.


"I trusted him and that he was trying to help others now," Barney said. "And that decision has cost me nearly everything."


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Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Report: Art Schlichter in trouble for SB tickets

Art Schlichter is apparently the target of a federal investigation (US Presswire) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One of the great quarterbacks in Ohio State history, Art Schlichter, has been in and out of prison for much of the last 30 years because of the need to feed his self-confessed gambling addiction.

In fact, he’s been to prison or jail 44 times, mostly for fraud and forgery and writing bad checks.

After he was released from prison in 2006, he vowed to a reporter that he would stay clean, and he wrote a book in 2009, called Busted: The Rise and Fall of Art Schlichter that told his tales of highs and lows and about how his gambling addiction helped ruin huge parts of his life.

Apparently, he’s back at another low spot.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Schlichter is the target of a federal and local investigation “centering on a sports-ticket scheme that has swindled numerous people out of several million dollars.”

The big payoff was supposed to come around the Super Bowl, where Schlichter was going to sell dozens of tickets for hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the Dispatch’s sources, though, Schlichter couldn’t deliver the tickets, meaning some of his buyers are stranded in Dallas with no way to get into the game.

Schlichter, when contacted by the paper, said he would turn himself into authorities in the near future, writing in a text message, "It will help a lot of people. This addiction is a [expletive]."

In a life gone wrong, it’s just another sad, yet entirely predictable, moment for Schlichter.

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